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Pima County Jail
1270 W. Silverlake Road
Guero 1: it was either one year prison or 3 years mandatory intensive probation and one year in work release from pima county jail. i took one year in prison
Jim: They tried to sentence me to anything I would plead to. After 6 months offering me a misdemeanor, time served or something when they had me indicted for multiple felonies.
JM: Did you spend time in a holding cell after your sentencing? If so, what was that like? If you didn't where did they they take you instead?
Guero 1: yes i did its just a big room with a bench made of concrete all the way around it and one toilet, in the open. everyones cool, and we just si and talk and bull shit, and everyone talks about what happened in court, unless your on for murder then you stay quiet.
If you or someone you know is headed to the Pima County Jail, you may be wondering what to expect. Going to jail can be scary, and not knowing what day to day life is like can give you even more anxiety. While we can't promise that your jail time will be worry free or easy, having the right information can help you feel more prepared for the experience.
We have interviewed the only people who really know what life is like for those who are locked up in Pima County, former inmates, who have shared details about what life is like in this facility. You can read their interviews by clicking the links to the left. Take a few minutes to read their stories so you can learn what life is really like in the Pima County Jail.
Each jail has its own unique culture and unspoken rules to help inmates manage their relationships and get along. In Pima County, ex-inmates we interviewed said it is very important not to back down or appear weak to other inmates. While it is never a good idea to look for conflict or fights, avoiding confrontation in this jail can lead to more problems than just dealing with it head on.
Visits and Telephones
Keeping in touch with family and friends on the outside is a high priority for most people who are locked up. Pima County allows inmates to have visitors one time per week. If you are going to visit someone in this jail, be aware that the officers are often not very nice to visitors, so don't take it personally. Visits are held over video monitor and a phone, so the visitor and the inmate aren't in the same room during visits.
Inmates in Pima County typically have access to telephones, unless there is a security override for some reason. Phone calls are made collect unless inmates want to call Mexico, in which case they can buy a phone card. The calls are quite expensive, and inmates should expect that there calls are being monitored by the jail.
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